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Big Springs at Northstar-108

"A place of pure beauty and functionality" - Owners

It is a statement of success when the original design concept maintains integrity through to completion with barely a change. such is the case with this beautiful home.

The objective of this home was a transitional retreat from second home to retirement home with the space for family and friends. The large social spaces separate the master wing that included the sun filled bedroom and bath, art studio, office, exercise room, wine cellar, and sitting room, while at the opposite end of the home are three private bedroom suites and a bunk room for six.

The organic clustering of forms pleasantly responds to the ridgelines in the background when one first approaches the home.

The flow from outside to inside is enhanced by the use of exterior materials and whole walls brought into the home both functionally and sculpturally. The use of steel, reclaimed wood, concrete and stone assembled as sculpture unifies the design.




Location:Northstar
Style:Mountain Modern or Contemporary
Architect:Kurt Reinkens - MWA, Inc.
Structural Engineer:James Austin Engineers
Builder:Jeff Cotton Construction
Interior Designer:Terry Hurt Interior Design
Photographer:Vance Fox





I would be pleased to be a reference for MWA. You have designed two houses that I have been involved with.

The first on lot 137 in Lahontan was a custom house for my wife and me. This house was designed for our needs and to meet the stringent requirements of the Lahontan Design Guidelines. We achieved our program goals, Lahontan Design Review Approval, and a building permit. We sold the lot, building plans and the building permit to a speculative developer who built the house with some modifications.

Last year we purchased a house which was built on spec by a developer. MWA designed that house. We were not “in the market” for a house, but happened to walk through an open house. We fell in love with your design. The house was well sited for views and privacy, very bright inside (an unusual situation in Lahontan), and fit our life style perfectly. Twenty three days later we owned this house. My wife and I are moving to this house and Truckee full time as of November 1st.

I would strongly recommend MWA to anyone designing a house in the Truckee/Tahoe area.
Rick Stephens